The Crawford Area Transportation Authority has been a prominent fixture in Crawford County since 1979. Incorporated as a municipal transit authority, CATA offers a variety of services to ALL of Crawford and Venango Counties. Our services include fixed route bus service in the city of Meadville, Titusville, Saegertown, Franklin, Oil City and Seneca and door to door transportation throughout the two counties. So whether you live in Meadville and use CATA to get to work or you live in Polk and use CATA to attend activities at the senior center in Cranberry, CATA is for EVERYONE!
CATA benefits stretch throughout all of Crawford and Venango Counties. Even if you do not use our services, chances are a family member, a neighbor or someone you know does. Whether that person is one of the hundreds who rely on CATA for transportation to work, an elderly family member or neighbor who needs transportation to a doctor’s appointment, somebody riding CATA to shop at a local downtown business or a student from Allegheny College riding the bus to catch a movie, CATA is a positive influence in the community.
CATA is comprised by a fleet of 65 vehicles. CATA uses 3 primary vehicle types in our operation. Our fleet is comprised of Heavy Duty Low Floor Mass Transit buses, accessible mini-vans and body on chassis small buses. Mini-vans are a great way to provide door-to-door transportation at a more efficient cost all while not sacrificing service or ADA accessibility. All vehicles are fully ADA compliant.
CATA supports local area businesses. CATA is committed to working locally with our neighbors. Each year CATA spends in excess of $1,500,000 purchasing products and services from over 50 Pennsylvania businesses.
CATA provides fixed route service at a lower cost per passenger than any other rural transit authority in Pennsylvania. Each year the PA Department of Transportation Bureau of Public Transportation releases statistics on all public transportation providers in the Commonwealth. CATA is proud to maintain the lowest operating expense per passenger among all rural fixed route providers. Click HERE to view the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Report.
2018 is shaping up to be a great year for CATA with new facilities and CNG vehicles! Ridership across the system topped 400,000 passenger trips during our last fiscal year. We have build strong partnerships with our neighboring counties to coordinate service and realize cost savings. We are also preparing to open a new state of the art Operations and Maintenance facility in Meadville. This new facility will bring all Meadville based vehicles under roof in one location with full control over maintenance services. We anticipate this facility to be operational in February 2018. CATA is also introducing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles into the Meadville fixed route service in early 2018. As part of the PennDOT P3 project to bring CNG fueling stations to transit agency locations across the Commonwealth, CATA will have 3 CNG Mass Transit vehicles operating in fixed route service along with on-site CNG fueling. These projects will help solidify CATA’s footprint in Meadville and our operations for many years to come!
In Rural Pennsylvania EVERY trips matters and at CATA and Venango County Transit, we are Partners in Transit serving our communities together.
Thank you for your support and interest in CATA!
Timothy C. Geibel
Crawford Area Transportation Authority & Venango County Transit